Train Station and Rail Car readings

Continental Shift:

Jackson, Peter. (2013). Continental Shift. Railway Interiors, pg. 6-12

Maxime Thibault was tasked with re-creating the interiors of the rail cars for the VIA Rail Canada Line.  What sets his approach apart is that he designs for each individual car and not an archetype of car, mainly because he knows that all rail cars are different.  Part of his design process is putting himself in his users situation; such a building a mock up to wheel through in a wheel chair.  This gives him valuable insight as to how the spaces are actually used.  These cars also were designed to be environmentally responsible, durable and easily maintained.

Fast Forward:

Rail Plan. (2013). Fast Forward. Railway Interiors, pg. 64-65.

This article highlighted the design process that occurred between rail car designers and Amtrak.  The primary focus was creating cars that were ADA complaint and conducive to use by all rail passengers.  The hope is that the designs will be implemented in new cars and retrofitted into older cars.

 

Refurbishment:

Edwards, Natasha. “Interiors: Railway Interiors International: Refrubishment” no. Show Issue 2013 (n.d.): 32–42.

Refurbishing the Ouigo trains was the focus on this article.  Implementing brand standards through colors as well as already used material and a better layout allowed them to increase passenger count by 20%.  This was all done very rapidly and cost effectively.

 

Waratah:

Jackson, Peter. (2013). Continental Shift. Railway Interiors, pg.26-32

The overhaul of the Waratah train cars in Australia was long overdue.  Smart air conditioning which is roof mounted and adjusts with the number of passengers was installed.  New seats which can face either way, based on the desire of the rider and materials which resist graffiti were implemented.  Passenger load was greatly increased due to the deletion of toilets and food cars, and limiting luggage to vestibules only.  This was possible because the longest commute on the train is only 45 minutes.

 

Bridge the Gap:

Norman, Helen. (2014). Bridge The Gap. Railway Terminal World, pg. 4-7.

This article deals with the re-development of London Bridge Station.  This is a huge 9 plus billion dollar project.  The station handles upwards of 52 million passengers a year.  The new station will grant these passengers access to all platforms from one central are, much like an airplane terminal.  This station will also include a very intuitive wayfinding system which makes getting around a breeze for all the passengers.  Completion is scheduled for 2018 for this bigger and better station.

 

Focal Point:

McWilliam, Fiona. (2014). Focal Point. Railway Terminal World, pg. 8-11

The re-development of the Denver Union Station is the focal point of this article.  An original “great hall” burned in the mid 1890’s and the plan is to re-create this great hall concept.  The hall will house the waiting areas for the trains as well as buses and will include a bar and be the lobby of a new 122 room boutique hotel.  Hopes are to increase traffic from 15 thousand daily riders to two hundred thousand.

Green Line:

Jones, Lee. “Railway Terminal World: The Green Line.” UKIP Media & Events no. 2014 Showcase (n.d.): 20–25.
This is Germany’s first sustainable rail station.  It is Climate neutral and relies on geothermal heating/cooling, photovoltaic panels, and proper siting/design to achieve this status.  User comfort was also highly considered in the design of this station, which is small scale station.
Open For Business:

McWilliam, Fiona. (2014). Focal Point. Railway Terminal World, pg. 26-30

This article discusses electronic payment options and how they can be incorporated into train stations.  More and more stations are opting to provide and electronic ticketing system for passengers.  Benefits include quicker transaction, less waste, and faster customer flow.

 

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